H1N1 did you vaccinate your child?

Amanda - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 131 moms have responded )

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I chose to not vaccinate my children due to the fact that I do not think they know enough about this vaccine yet and did you also know they do not have hardly any safety guidelines to follow? dr.mercola.com has a great website i urge all of you mothers who care to looks at this website and make informed decisions about your child health and well being of your family. It has also been proven that every child or person who has dies from this flu had an underlying condition so wash wash wash and use that clorox and lysol and just be cautious !

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Heather - posted on 11/05/2009

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I have not gotten my three year old son vaccinated. He has never had the regular flu vaccine either. Though he has had a couple of the more manditory vaccines done. I do not fully agree with them and medications. They may help our bodies in one way but not in others. Here are some tips I read about to help with not contacting the flu.

Hand washing frequently

try to keep hands off your face

Gargle with warm salt water or listerine twice a day. This helps the infection from proliferating. It takes about 2-3 days for H1N1 to proliferate, so gargaling with the salt water helps to keep it from proliferating in your throat.

Similar to gargling you can clean your nostrils at least once a day with warm salt water. Has same affect in nose as gargling it does in throat.

Boost your ammunity with vitamin c rich foods.

drink as much warm liquids (tea, coffee, ect.) as you can This has same effect as gargling but in reverse direction. this helps to wash off the proliferating viruses from the throat. It does go into the stomach but cannot survive thier.



My son can't gargle but I do give him warm drinks like hot lemon and honey, and spiced cider or a non caffinated tea. can also do the nose cleaning with younger ones.

Hope this helps you have some other ways to prevent the flu without getting vaccinated.

Kayla - posted on 11/10/2009

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Nope. My daughter wont be getting it this year and neither will I. Of course everyone has to put their two sense in and tell me im wrong for not doing it and this is where a good friend of mine helped me out alot - she told me a great response for the people who just wont let up on the situation. "Id rather my child get sick temporarily from something I didn't do than for her to become permanently ill from something I did do."

Briana - posted on 11/08/2009

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I'm a little frustrated with everyone saying that the H1N1 vaccine is made the same way as the seasonal flu shot. Have you researched the seasonal flu shot? First, the seasonal flu shot has thimerosal in it (among other dangerous additives), as does the H1N1. This mercury preservative has been proven to be harmful to the nervous system in newborns. Second, in the "safety studies" that I've been able to find, adults and children that received the flu shot were studied for 4 days after receiving the shot! That's it! That is clearly not enough research for my peace of mind. What about long term effects? If anyone knows of a study on that, I would love to read it! With the high occurrence of autism (1 in 91 kids now diagnosed with autism) and Alzheimer's just to name a few, I think we need to be looking a lot closer at what we put into our bodies and into our environment.

All that being said, this has still been one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. The statistics the media has been putting out on H1N1 are scary! I have a 2 1/2 year old and am 24 weeks pregnant, and I don't know what I would do if anything happened to my babies. I've finally decided not to get the vaccine for myself or my daughter. I wish everyone good luck and peace with your decisions. I know its not an easy one for any of us.

Jessica - posted on 11/08/2009

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I did. Not everyone that died had underlying conditions - with both types of flu The H1N1 vaccine was made exactly like seasonal flu vaccine at same place. Did you know that they change the seasonal flu vaccine every year with the different influenza viruses they suspect would be more of a threat in that specific flu season? All the company did is take what they do for seasonal flu, but instead did H1N1. The vaccine has also been done before around 60's when there was H1N1 outbreak.I was worried that they did not know enough. After doing my research, I chose to vaccinate my child My son is 3.

Ronda - posted on 11/07/2009

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I got one of my children vaccinated (my 1 year old) I feel safer with the shot than the nasal spray. The fact that the shot is a dead virus and the nasal is live is what sealed the decision for me. I didn't want a live virus of a new vaccine put up my child's nose.

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Caroline - posted on 07/04/2012

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No I did not vaccinate my child even though I was pressured to do so.

My daughter was born 9 weeks premmie, weighed 3 pounds & 11 ounces, she had many challenges. She was not able to walk un-assisted, she needed support to sit up, drooled constantly, developmentally delayed, frequent body tremors, some seizure like episodes, kind of in a daze all the time, clenched left hand, choking on her food, speach problems, left side weakness etc. She was elevated on her toes when holding her to walk, she was splinted for a leg brace & they wanted to give her botox, but after researching botox and discovering how it’s made and there were no long term studies I decided against it. Her life was restricted & so was mine ...and it looked this way for the rest of her life ... & mine. I felt hopeless.

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Quoting Venes:

I vaccinated my 4 yrs old son, who has asthma, as soon as it became available. So far, no side effects observed other than slight fever for 2 days. I am glad I did that cos I was infected with H1N1 flu last week and was quite sick and luckily, I was given Tamiflu within 48 hrs and I felt better already within 3 days. My son didn't get the flu . So I tend to believe that the vaccine might have helped one way or another.



I am so glad you are both well. Can you please let us know what tests were actually done to determine that it was 'swine' flu?



And for the other people that think even a regular flu shot is no risk then check this out





notice how media have to maintain it is rare so there is no mass hysteria... if it is rare then why does the US alone spend 20 billion dollars a year in damages....



And then we have people that are trying to undo the mass brainwashing by empowering people with the truth.... thanks for sharing!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFQ3HTpfT...

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My husband and I also have chosen not o vaccinate due to the little knowledge of the vaccine,although I am having some doubts due to a case in madera in which a 29 year old male was diagnosed, hospitalized then shortly afterward died.

Lorilyn - posted on 11/12/2009

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I kind of feel the same way - I'm not really comfortable with giving my boys this vaccine.

Venes - posted on 11/12/2009

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I vaccinated my 4 yrs old son, who has asthma, as soon as it became available. So far, no side effects observed other than slight fever for 2 days. I am glad I did that cos I was infected with H1N1 flu last week and was quite sick and luckily, I was given Tamiflu within 48 hrs and I felt better already within 3 days. My son didn't get the flu . So I tend to believe that the vaccine might have helped one way or another.

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Nope...I have never had a flu shot and never will. My children won't either. I don't think they are good for you and my trust is in the LORD!!

Deena - posted on 11/11/2009

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Yes I sure did...its been 3 weeks and so far everything is fine,my child has a lot of health issues,yes I was worried but now I am less worried about it.He got both Flu shots the same day,

Amber - posted on 11/11/2009

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I got my 2 children, who are 5 and 3, and myself the vaccine shot. I have diabetes so that is the reason i got one. My childrens pediatrician recommended them getting one. There have been small children dying from this with no underlying health condition. The regular influenza changes every year....as does the vaccine. So it is a new vaccine every year. This is no different from the swine flu vaccine.

Cheyenne - posted on 11/11/2009

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Me and my three children got the H1N1 vaccination yesterday. I am scared of the long term effects but I would be devestated if my kids caught the flu and died knowing I could of stopped it. I haven't heard of anyone dying from the shot alone.

Rebecca - posted on 11/11/2009

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the h1n1 vaccine is exactly like the flu vaccine except it has one different chemical in it. as for mercury..you do get normal vaccines right? They have mercury. My Doctors office has 20 employees and all the employees have received the vaccine and are ok. Everyone says someone has died from it, but I never see it on the news..hmmm? My daughter and I received the vaccine because I have a 5 month old. We are doing just fine, no side affects, and about a month ago a lil boy died here from swine and he had no underlying complications. also, a cat has been diagnosed with swine..so just know it could be everywhere within no time. As for wash wash wash..i agree with that..but swine virus is also transfered thru the air..how you going to protect your child from that?

Nicole - posted on 11/11/2009

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I had my 3 girls vaccinated last friday, i feel it was the best option for them. I don't believe all the crap people are saying about the risks..i feel the risk of them getting it and getting seriously sick is worse... a 7 yr old just died 40 miles from where i live today from it... same age as my youngest girl... frightening

Helena - posted on 11/11/2009

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No i did not ,when we go to places with lots of children and grocrey stores I make sure to wash hands and face and have not been sick so far:)And if we do well treat it just like any time before ....

Ashley - posted on 11/11/2009

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No one in my house will be getting this vaccine.Too new. We don't know enough about it. Hell, even the inventors of it don't know enough about it. The short term side effects that we DO know about are crazy, and we have no idea what the long term side effects will be. No way would I let anyone inject my kids with something so "unknown"!

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nope. i don't know if i'll take him to get the normal flu vacine. yet, a lot of people around us are getting "swine" flu, how do you know the difference? people get the flu this time of year anyway.

Ashley - posted on 11/11/2009

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I got it for my 7 year old because he has Kawasaki Disease, that affects his heart and I was just too worried what could happen to him if he did not get it. Kids in his school started getting the flu and it was just a scary situation. He did have his seasonal and H1N1 at the same time and the day after he got a sore throat, fever, and cough. I kept him out of school for a week and took him to the doctor daily to be checked and then they decided that he had a viral infection that he might have picked up before he even got the vaccines and that it would go away on its own. It did. He was back to school the next week and is doing fine.

Whitney - posted on 11/11/2009

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Thank you very much for these tips. They are very helpful. I value your opinion.

Whitney - posted on 11/11/2009

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Thank you very much for these tips. They are very helpful. I value your opinion.

Ashley - posted on 11/11/2009

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i was against it at first, but i went to a seminar and more about it, i was satisfied, so we all got it done. my kids are perfectly fin e and happy.

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ALL OF YOU THAT ARE THINKING OF VACCINATING, PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH... MANY DOCTORS ARE PAID BY THE MONEY HUNGRY PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES... TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR EDUCATION... SEE WHAT THIS BIO-MOLECULAR PHARMACIST SAYS ABOUT THE H1N1 VACCINE AND THE WHOLE SWINE FLU SCARE... (http://www.thepeopleschemist.com/view_le...) THEY TRIED THESE FEAR TACTICS IN 1976, SOME OF YOU MIGHT REMEMBER.... PLEASE LOOK AT BOOSTING YOUR CHILDREN'S IMMUNITY THE NATURAL WAY (STAY SLIGHTLY ALKALINE)... DO YOUR RESEARCH...

You have to ask yourself, why do people have to be re-immunised every 10yrs... natural immunity is for life. And those that have had any vaccine and not had any visible reactions around the time of receiving it, you have been the lucky ones. There are many people who's cell biology was not compatible or had been compromised even in the smallest way which eventually degraded the DNA and have ended up with debilitating conditions. I understand you may have made decisions based on information given by people you trust, but still do your own research. Go to the hospitals and ask the medical staff there if they would take the vaccines themselves based on what they have seen and know... Many nursing staff refuse. I was personally advised by my midwife to seriously think about NOT immunising and she started me on my journey of research. It has been 13 years since I had my last child and he hasn't received any immunisations and has been the healthiest in the family and recovers the quickest if he gets a cold or flu, but I also supplement their diets with natural immune boosters. And he isn't even a good eater...hard to get vegies now his throat, but we haven't had to see a doctor for over 10 yrs except for a regular check up with always great results. Wish you all the best.

Ashley - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have a 6month, 2weeks old daughter and she got her vaccination a weeks ago...I would rather her get the shot then get the flu. My doctor reccomended that she get it. My husband and I also have the shot. We didn't get any side effect from it. My daughter was laughing right after getting the shot. It did not bother her at all.

I am a very clean mother...I wash my daughters toys...I wash the door knobs,remotes,phones everything....but still to be safe we all got the shot.

Brandi - posted on 11/10/2009

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I also chose not to give my daughter the shot. My mom is a nurse and she said that they were in such a big hurry to get the shot out that they bypassed many of the safety proceedures just to get it out. Many of the test that would normally be performed were not and this puts us at a higher risk of side effects. She did say that if we were at high risk for dieing from the illness that she would recommend it but, since I am a stay at home mom and we really are not ever around other children I decided that the risk is not worth it.

Carol - posted on 11/10/2009

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I had my 3 children ages 10,7,and 3 vaccinated on 10/30/09. My 7 year old had a history of febrile seizures, and my 3 year old has asthma and a very reactive airway. None of them experienced any side effects, even arm tenderness. They have experienced no adverse reactions. I completed thorough research from physician visits, to actually comparing the inserts from the H1N1 vaccine to the 'seasonal' vaccine that my children had already received. You would be amazed at the similarities, right down to the SAME warnings about GBS. The warnings are more in the forefront now because of the live vaccines of the '70's. THIS CURRENT INJECTABLE VACCINE HAS BEEN PROVEN SAFE AND EFFECTIVE.



Today the hospital in which I'm employed opened the H1N1 supply up to all healthcare personnel. I received my vaccine at 8:15 this morning. Not only do I feel like I will be better protected in a high risk environment, but I also feel like I'm doing my part to halt and prevent the transmission of this highly contagious and proven deadly strain of the flu.

Kristina - posted on 11/10/2009

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our daughter got her H1N1 vaccine today. she is almost 16 mos. old and I was sooo on the fence about it but her pedi. strongly recommended it, and I trust him with our daughters life. I would rather be safe than sorry. She had no complications from her first dose of the flu shot 3 weeks ago and so far so good on the h1n1.

BTW, our little girl has a weakened immune system and spends more time being sick than not.

Tara - posted on 11/10/2009

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Absolutely not. All other vaccines, fine. Any flu ones, no, never. The risks outweigh the benefits for me.

Amber - posted on 11/10/2009

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I choose not to vaccinate my child as well. I completely agree with you Amanda.

Kelli - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have not had my children vaccinated, I think the media is trying to scare everyone into getting it. Hundreds of people die every year from the regular flu as well. Take preventative measures and know when to take action.

Sarah - posted on 11/10/2009

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most flu vaccines contain mercury in the form of thimerosal, some containing as much as 25 mcg of the global pollutant per dose – which is more than 250 times above the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety limit.




Some flu vaccines contain Thimerosal, but not the child/baby version of the H1N1 vaccine. You can ask for a single dose preservative-free shot for children aged 3 and under. Same goes for the seasonal flu vaccine.

Becky - posted on 11/10/2009

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I got my 19 month old the normal flu shot but I will not be giving the H1N1 shot. I would not waste your time!!!

Jamie - posted on 11/10/2009

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I did have my 3 year old son vaccinated (along with myself) because he has an underlying condition. He meets 3 of the high risk groups - a chronic kidney disease, he is taking 2 immunosuppressive drugs, and his age. I took EVERY precaution possible to prevent him from getting sick before he got the vaccine. I even pulled him out of Preschool just to be safe. As soon as I found a place giving the vaccine, I got there 2 hours early!! If anyone has a child with an underlying condition, I would make sure they get the vaccine. I can't speak for everyone, but if my son were to catch the swine flu, his Nephrologist said it could be "devasting" to his system. I researched the H1N1 vaccine for a week straight and I was also extremely scared of the long term effects. I also did not like the fact that it came out so quickly. But, what am I going to do? As a mom, I want to do what is best for my child, and it's hard when you're not 100 percent sure what the right thing is. I had to put some faith in the vaccine-makers and go with my gut. I think that even if my son did not have a condition, I would still let him have the vaccine, but I would not have been in such a rush for him to get it. I guess you have to compare the benefits with the risk. In my son's situation, the benefits outweighed the risks.

Angela - posted on 11/10/2009

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I didnt vaccine my children and have no intentions on doing so. Like the common flu plenty of rest, lots of fluids and alternating tylenol and motrin work quite fine. Why put another vaccine that has risks into your childs body if its not needed? My husband had the h1n1 virus a few weeks ago. He stayed out of work for 5 days. Stayed in bed, drank lots of fluids, alternated tylenol and motrin and now hes back to his old self right back to work AND he was not kept in the hospital. He stayed home, And neither I nor any of my children caught the virus. We are very big on hand washing and lots of Lysol.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion!

Pauline - posted on 11/10/2009

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i'm too paranoid to go injecting a dead virus, eggs, and mercury into my children. The virus is just going to mutate anyways. Plus i heard some ppl have died after the shot, or have had seizures. I mean, why inject our children with something when we don't know if there are going to be any side effects down the road? What is a vaccine anyways? Prevents and fights off a virus supposably. I believe that is why we were given immune systems. Let nature run it's coarse. Our immune systems will get stronger and evolve. that's what's it's meant for. I don't know. This whole H1N1 vaccine, i find it creepy.

Kimberly - posted on 11/10/2009

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I am on the fence - we have three healty children now - this has not always been the case. My son who is now 16 had a non-discript lung illness that ended him on the transplant list at the age of 9. We still to this day do not know what caused his lungs to turn against his own body and look at it as a foreign object but it did. We almost lost our son, and I would never play around with my childrens lives. However, the unknown is just as scarey to me. WE can not have a live virus (so the vapors up the nose is out) and the injection is unavaiable to us at this time. SO do we or dont we - I dont know! I am thankful that the injection is not here yet, so I dont have to make the choice.

The way I see it, if you are comfortable with not knowing the side effects get it or if your child has already had some flu like symptoms I would say leave it. The outcome could be the same no matter the choice you make. Good or Bad.

Good luck with your choice.

Michaux - posted on 11/10/2009

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well we did vaccinate out daughter for the H1N1, they actually did this at her school....she has had no problems at all....hubby and I get the regular flu shot every year, we feel that this is important.....our daughter has aspergers and cant always tell us when she is starting to feel bad so anything that will help me keep her well is appreciated....

Jill - posted on 11/10/2009

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My five year old son received the H1N1 vaccination with no side effects- just a quick squirt up the nose and *poof* he was innoculated! I refuse to take chances with my son's health this flu season.

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I choose not to b/c they did not test the vaccine enough for me. I did get them the regular flu shot though.

Tessa - posted on 11/10/2009

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Quoting Kimmarie:

Watch this girl's side effects:

I am not getting the vaccine for my girls. I discussed it with the doctor and we decided not to get the girl's their shots. The doctors around here won't even get the vaccine in their offices to offer to patients. Thankfully there are no outbreaks in our area.


the reporter mentions she ended up like this 10 days after having the SEASONAL FLU SHOT NOT SWINE FLU SHOT

Holly - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have done some checking into this new vaccine and it is proven that there is mercury in it and what can mercury do to the human body it can kill you.. They also proved that pregnant woman that have gotten this shot and now have had their babies are have difficulties.. People die from pnemonia and from the regular flu also so this was I believe is being blown out of the water.. Sorry no shots for my children!

Jackie - posted on 11/10/2009

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They have researched the vaccine, and if the virus had come out alittle sooner it would have been in the regular flu shot and no one would have ever known. That being said, My 4 yr old and 2 yr old had to held down and that was hard for me. If they children are not in school or daycare I really don't see a problem skipping it. Also, even with the shot or nose one you still need to take precations and wash hands and wipe surfaces.

Ariana - posted on 11/10/2009

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I Refuse To Get The Vaccine. I have never nor will i ever get a flu shot or anything else. and i have been fine. kep ur babies clean and healthy and warm and things like this wouldnt happen. also there have been cases of babies who have gotten the vaccine that have been paralyzed from the waist down. so no. i would rather my son have a flu and get better than having to live his whole life not being able to walk because of a vaccine that I chose to give him. Plus, its a new vaccine that has not ben around for very long. they do not know all of the side effects yet, and i dont want my son to be one of their test subjects... its a brand new vaccine, why would u chance that?

Tami - posted on 11/10/2009

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I've gotten a flu shot every year since I was 18 because I have asthma. They recommend everyone in the household also, so my kids have always gotten a yearly flu shot and we did the H1N1 also. No adverse side affects. It can only help their immunity to it. I say do it.

Nanna - posted on 11/10/2009

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I shall, here in Finland those vaccanaties for childs under 3 years starts 16.11.. All people here are goeing to have that vaccinate..Who knows when, but anyway:)

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I asked my daughters doctor about the vaccine and she suggested that I do get it for my 6 month old, but I just couldn't do it. Like you, I just don't feel like anyone really knows enough about it. She did tell me that the vaccine they give to babies and young children is actually a dead virus instead of the live ones they give to adults. I've just decided to keep her home as much as possible this flu season and limit visitors who are at high risk of getting it.

Shaleigh - posted on 11/09/2009

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My Pediatrician recamended the shot so I did....on both of my little ones 3years & 6 months!!!!

Sherry - posted on 11/09/2009

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I am not sure they know enough about this, Im not getting the spray for my children. I dont know if everyone knows this is a live virus. Im not giving my children the flu. Im not too sure about the shot either Im going to wait this one out.

Jessica - posted on 11/09/2009

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Yes we too are SUPER CAUTIOUS and we do the common sense stuff also wash, wash, wash, but little kids still rub eyes,put fingers in mouth, and touch everything in site. Watching on the news about healthy children as well as children with underlying health conditions dying from h1n1 scares me to much to risk it. One of my kids has asthma so he was given it also I have a 2yr old so he was allowed to take it but my older children still haven't been called from "the list". But if it's available I will give it to them in a heart beat. I too have read everything I can find on the vaccine and I chose yes but we all have our own thoughts and ideas on this vaccine. So do what you think is best for you kids. :)

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